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Take a bow, Best of Windsor-Essex winners and finalists! You are the best in your class.

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The Windsor Star’s first annual Best of Windsor-Essex survey asked readers to take part in a survey and name their favourites from among more than 100 categories. Thousands responded, choosing their top picks from a wide variety of categories: from furniture stores to auto dealers, bookstores to funeral homes.

On pages 12-13, we present the full list of winners and runners up. Throughout this feature, we are also bringing you the stories of some of those winners and runners up along with their advertising message. Check them out and find out what makes them the best in Windsor-Essex.

Best of Windsor-Essex was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content studio

WINNER: BEST Book Store

Biblioasis Bookstore Biblioasis Bookstore is a literary press based in Windsor, Ontario, committed to publishing the best poetry, fiction and non-fiction in beautifully crafted editions. Biblioasis Press has published nearly 250 trade books, garnering nine Giller nominations, two Governor General’s Awards, a Trillium Award and numerous international, national, regional and genre-specific

prizes. They’ve most recently won the Best of Windsor-Essex and owner Dan Wells couldn’t be more thrilled about it. Biblioasis is a seller of carefully curated quality new and used books, including rare and antiquarian books. Customers are able to special order books at no extra charge and discounts are given to book clubs and other groups for bulk purchases. Biblioasis will

celebrate 20 years in business on July 2018 and is happy to continue providing such great customer service (not to mention, books). Biblioasis is also proud to support numerous local charities and organizations. Locals and book-lovers alike are encouraged to stop in. The business hours for Biblioasis Bookstore are as follows:

– H E N RY F O R D

For more information, please visit or call: 1520 Wyandotte St. East 519-968-2206 www.biblioasis.com

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WINNER: BEST Employment Agency

The Job Shoppe The Job Shoppe is an industry leading agency who provides recruitment and human resource solutions and expertise that help companies to position for growth, execute on strategy and improve business agility. For job seekers, The Job Shoppe takes pride in working with candidates across all experience levels from temporary staffing to executive placement. In business for 15 years, the Job Shoppe is a full-service workforce

partner providing complete recruitment, career development and employer consultation services. Assessments, career coaching and resume development are also among the services offered to job seekers. They believe in the importance of offering custom solutions tailored to meet individual and unique requirements. As the founder of the Windsor Corporate Challenge, The Job Shoppe is proud to support and

participate in a wide variety of community events and fundraising initiatives within the community. To date, Windsor Corporate Challenge has raised over $715,000 for Windsor based charities. The Job Shoppe has been recognized on the Profit 500 list along with Canada’s Fastest Growing Entrepreneurs and many other accolades. “Our mission is to provide the best service to our clients and candidates alike while mak-

ing our communities great places to live and work,” says Meighen Nehme. “We are honoured to be voted as the Best of Windsor in the Employment Agency category. The Job Shoppe team is inspired by innovation, passion and the entrepreneurial spirit. We help lift our candidate’s potential up to new heights and connect them with the right opportunity while understanding and matching our clients’ needs with insightful workforce solutions.”

The Job Shoppe knows the impact and importance of making a career change and that it is much more than just a financial decision. They pride themselves on their experience and expertise in connecting great candidates with the right opportunities. For more information, please visit or call: 12137 Tecumseh Road East 519-979-4400 www.thejobshoppe.com

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THANKS WINDSOR

young forever.” - JEFF BEZOS

For Over 37 Wonderful Years!

The Pontikis family would like to extend our gratitude to all our valued friends and customers who have supported us over 37 years. A special thank you to all who took the time to vote for us as Windsor’s Best Greek Restaurant!

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WINNER: BEST Adult Education Centre

St. Clair College St. Clair College works hard to achieve its vision of “excellence in career education and lifelong learning.” It seeks to do this by: helping to build mutually beneficial alliances and positive relationships with individuals and organizations, and building funds to support students through the Scholarship program. President Patricia France believes in student success and supports the mission of St. Clair College, which is to transform lives and strengthen communities, through high quality and accessible educational ex-

periences that support career-readiness, innovation and life-long learning. With over 600 employees, the faculty at St. Clair College are professionals in their field and transfer that knowledge to students. There are many options including postsecondary education in health sciences, media art and design, engineering, technology, skilled trades, community services, business and information technology, adult upgrading, and apprenticeship, amongst others. St. Clair College provides significant student services to enhance student

success. This includes over $1.5 million in scholarships and bursaries to help students with their tuition costs, provide internships, work-integrated learning and more. St. Clair College’s staff and students support numerous charities and fundraisers in the community including Polar Plunge, Downtown Mission, Hospice, John McGivney Centre, Children’s Safety Village, amongst others. Most recently, in 2017, St. Clair College students and staff made donations and supported more than 85 groups, organizations and charities in the

community. It’s been more than 50 years and St. Clair College still values the support it receives from the community in the recognition of Best Art School. For more information, please visit or call: St. Clair College, Windsor and Chatham 2000 Talbot Road West, Windsor, ON, N9A 6S4 519-972-2775 www.stclaircollege.ca

WINNER: BEST Tire Store & WINNER: BEST Auto Parts Store

Canadian Tire Canadian Tire has been in business for over 90 years and is happy to have over 250 local employees. Since its inception in 1922, Canadian Tire has grown into one of the most iconic brands in the country. Abiding to their strong mission statement, Canadian Tire strives to be the best for customers and their expectations. Canadian Tire offers full automotive service and is a major supplier of sporting goods, seasonal hardware, outdoor living, spring essentials, and more. “For almost a century, we’ve proudly offered products and services to help Canadians with the jobs and joys of life in Canada. Today, our network of 1,700 retail locations couldn’t be stronger, and our staff, more connected to the community they serve. The retail landscape is changing and we are all ready to sever you better than ever before,” states manager Phil Giacalone.

its iconic loyalty program, Canadian Tire Money, with the introduction of Triangle Rewards. The Triangle Rewards program enables members to earn Canadian Tire Money online and in-store at Canadian Tire, Sport Chek, Mark’s and Atmosphere locations and on fuel purchases at any Canadian Tire gas bar. Members can redeem Canadian Tire Money at Canadian Tire, Sport Chek, Mark’s and

Atmosphere stores. Triangle Rewards members will benefit from no receipt returns, personalized offers and content, as well as the ability to track transactions and Canadian Tire Money balances. For more information, please visit or call: 8505 Tecumseh Road East (519) 948-8111 www.canadiantire.ca

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WINNER: BEST Hair Salon

The Hair Mechanix The Hair Mechanix is a family-based business that offers professional service and products for all of your hair and esthetic needs and has been at its current location for over two years. Full-time stylist of 32 years, owner Helene Briffa, and her team provide the highest quality service and dedication the client deserves.

beyond. This dedication has led many of the Hair Mechanix to become industry educators.

All of their stylists, barbers and estheticians are continually training to stay educated to the highest degree the industry offers and

“With each visit, our clients are cared for by our entire team. Every appointment is centred for the specific need of the client,”

With professional products that only a salon can offer, the experts at the Hair Mechanix provide care and expertise that is sure to build trusting relationships with clients that last a lifetime.

states owner Helene Briffa. “At the Hair Mechanix, we are honoured that we have been recognized for our hard work and dedication. This recognition from our clients continues to motivate us to serve with the highest technical standards and a personal commitment to our clients. They deserve that,” adds manager Sloane Briffa. The Hair Mechanix is a full-service salon for the entire family. Hairstylist Sloane

Briffa, Kaylin Ryall and barber Cole Briffa, along with Victoria McDonald handling the esthetics, are at your service. They are the professionals to provide you with all of your styling needs.Call today and book your appointment. For more information, please visit or call: 7826 Wyandotte Street East (519) 974-5453 http://thehairmechanix.ca

WINNER: BEST Motorcycle Dealer

Thunder Road Harley-Davidson With its 25th anniversary just around the corner, Thunder Road Harley-Davidson is a cornerstone of Windsor’s motorcycle and business community. The business was founded in 1994 by lifelong motorcycle enthusiasts Chris and Carol O’Neil who have brought the experience of owning a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to thousands of local riders. Their leadership and passion for the sport has been shared with customers through their

organized trips all over North America and locally with the 1st HOG (Harley Owners Group) chapter in Canada, creating lifelong friendships, thousands of countless scenic miles and more fun than imaginable. The experienced long-term staff have continued to bring that passion and fun to their customer. Whether it’s a new rider trying out the JUMPSTART ride simulator for the first time, or a long-time rider look-

ing for performance and customization, Thunder Road has it all! Thunder Road’s commitment to its customers hasn’t gone unnoticed. For 11 of the past 12 years, it has won Harley-Davidson’s prestigious bar and shield award for customer service and overall performance. From the start Thunder Road has been instrumental in supporting all of the local charity rides to fundraise for our commu-

nity needs. You’ll see them at the upcoming Ride For Dad, Bob Probert Ride, Hogs For Hospice and many more. Doing good things while having a blast — it doesn’t get any better than that! Call or visit Thunder Road Harley-Davidson: 519-966-1520 2139 Huron Church Rd. Windsor thunderroadharley.com

Thank You

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for Voting us # 1 Vietnamese Restaurant

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WINNER: BEST Real Estate Office

RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. RE/MAX Preferred Realty’s Broker of Record and Owner, Glen Muir, says that over 25 years many milestones have been reached in the growth of his company. With locations in Windsor, Amherstburg and Kingsville, Muir has led RE/MAX Preferred not only to be the #1 real estate company in Windsor and Essex County, but to be a multi-office award winner for growth. He was also invited to become a member of the RE/MAX International Premier Broker Advisory Group, which he is still actively a part of.

“At RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd., we promote an atmosphere of trust, respect and camaraderie. Our purpose is to maintain an environment that optimizes the ability of each sales associate where they, and their clients, will find it a pleasure to meet and do business,” states owner Glen Muir. “We recognize that we are a professional business and we offer leading marketing, training and technological systems and resources.” Muir believes in having the strongest team possible but also encourages staff to get to-

gether and have fun throughout the year. He promotes social fundraisers where they raise money for several charities which are close to everyone’s heart. Muir and his staff raise over $20,000.00 each year so they can give back to the community that shows them so much support. “Our team is thankful to the readers of the Windsor Star which have recognized us as their choice of a real estate company and the home of the best realtors that are able to get their job done. We are proud of this

distinction and are proud to represent the residents of Windsor-Essex County!” states Muir. On July 31st, 2017, RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. celebrated its 25th Anniversary in Windsor and Essex County as the number one company for the last 19 years. For more information, please visit or call: 6505 Tecumseh Road East (519) 944- 5955 www.remax-preferred-on.com

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – VINCE LOMBARDI

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WINNER: BEST Pizza Restaurant

Armando’s

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” - STEVE JOBS

the extra mile to ensure quality and freshness are met. Dine-in dishes draw on traditional and contemporary culinary themes, offering familiar “comfort foods” alongside dramatic, mouth-watering creations that explore a world of new tastes and traditions. Armando’s recently launched a new app on iOS and android platforms which can be downloaded from the app store by searching Armando’s. Clients can either use the app or go online to order, which makes placing an order super convenient. Gerardi and Pizzo are thrilled to be winning the Best of Windsor-Essex, however, the humble duo have won many other acco-

lades including a People’s Choice Award for Best Pizza and the Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism and Hospitality Award. For more information, please visit: Armando’s Pizza http://www.armandospizza.com Belle River - 1679 County Road 22 519-727-0660 ESSEX - 325 Talbot Rd N 519-776-8333

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WINNER: BEST Dance Studio

Dance Barre Dance Barre has been in service for more than 11 years and offers dance classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Lindsay and Blake Angier believe dance lessons are life lessons and that life goals can be reached through the tools gained from dance education. The duo is proud to offer a space where young dancers feel safe and at home. The dancers at Dance Barre have several dance opportunities within the studio from recreational classes, performance companies,

competitive companies, boys’ classes, adult classes as well as their newest program, launching in 2018-19; Applause Ballet Company. Dance Barre has a 9,000-square foot space, with six dance rooms equipped with sprung, professional dance floors. The space also includes a student lounge and a parent viewing area with monitors displaying each classroom. “We are absolutely thrilled to be receiving this award. Our entire team, administrative director, front desk staff and faculty work to

bring their best to the students each week. Each of us have an important role as teachers; this is a role we take great pride in!” state Lindsay and Blake Angier. “We are thankful to our Windsor community and to all of our dedicated Dance Barre families that have supported us over the past 11 years. With each passing year, our Dance Barre team strives to be better than the year before by gaining more knowledge, implementing new programs and working together to offer the best dance experience possible.”

Dance Barre also enjoys giving back to the community and is involved with Transition to Betterness, In Honour of the Ones We Love, We Care for Kids, WEST, CMHA and Ronald McDonald House Windsor, amongst others. For more information or news about registering for Summer or Fall classes, please visit or call: 4530 Rhodes Dr. 519-944-5200 www.dancebarre.ca

RUNNER UP: BEST Hair Stylist

Salon Defined Since opening its doors in 2009, Salon Defined has been devoted to providing the latest trends and techniques in the hair industry, as well as striving to deliver a memorable experience, to clients in the LaSalle and the surrounding area. Salon Defined can accommodate anyone and is happy to serve women, men, and children; walk-ins are also always welcomed.

sphere” says Therese O’Keefe, Owner and Stylist of Salon Defined. “I wanted something different, a breath of fresh air, a place where our clients could leave with that ‘feel great, look great’ attitude.”

“When designing the salon, I envisioned a place where our clients could feel a sense of elegance, in a fresh and modern atmo-

Salon Defined is able to create the style of clients’ dreams. They use a wide selection of products and their featured product lines

“I am flattered and honored to be nominated and awarded this by the community of clients and peers,” she adds.

include Redken and Morrocanoil. O’Keefe always strives to provide a personalized and friendly atmosphere that ensures clients are always number one. Whether a client is looking for a change or would like to try something new and exciting, the staff at Salon Defined can make it happen. For more information, please visit or call: 1775 Sprucewood Ave, LaSalle, ON 519-962-5219 Facebook: SalonDefined

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. LEWIS

Essex County’s Top Choice for Dog Boarding and Grooming!

Do what you can with all you have, wherever you are.”

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WINNER: BEST Spa Treatment

Coral Medical Health Spa Coral Medical Health Spa’s goal is to be the leader in health promotion and disease prevention in Windsor. Coral uses an integrated approach to health and beauty, where all services and products promote wellness, without compromising quality or effectiveness. In business for 12 years, Coral offers clients a variety of services such as: BOTOX, Juvederm & TEOSYAL Natural Fillers, Laser Hair/Vein/Tattoo/Birthmark Re-

moval, Laser Facial Resurfacing & Acne Treatments, IPL Photorejuvenation, Mole Removal, Microdermabrasion, Oxygeneo Oxygen Facials, Medical Microneedling, Chemical Peels, BHRT, Magnetic Field Therapy, Nutritional Counselling, LED Teeth Whitening, RMT/Relaxation Massage, OPI Gel Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, Tinting, and Dermalogica Facials. Coral Spa believes in helping the community which is why they make it a major pri-

ority. Every year they host two fundraisers where they raise roughly $7,000 per year for different local organizations including the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Hospice of Windsor and Essex County, and The Humane Society, amongst others. In addition, Coral always extends a helping hand to local charities and organizations. Coral won the 2008 Best New Business of the Year award and Dr. Sherman was a finalist in 2012 for Business Professional

of the Year. They’ve also been named one of Canada’s Top 50 Spas. “We’re thrilled with being voted Best Spa Treatment in 2018 and we want to thank everyone who voted! Without our loyal customers this award is not possible,” states owner Dr. Zoia Sherman. For more information, please visit or call: 1400 Provincial Rd. 519-969-1554 www.coralspa.com

RUNNER UP: BEST Registered Massage Therapist: Gina Bennardo

T hank You Windsor-Essex

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WINNER: BEST Funeral Home

Families First Funeral Home and Tribute Centre With 22 years of history in Windsor-Essex, multiple awards and a reputation for exceptional service, Families First Funeral Home and Tribute Centre’s philosophy has not changed since it first opened in 1996. “With the benefit of experience and using what we have learned to better serve our clients, we continue to reshape funerals to best tell each story so that it is fitting and customized to the life lived. Our team is dedicated to creating a custom approach to telling a life story. At Families First, ‘We Celebrate Life.’”

The family-owned and -operated funeral services business is based in Windsor/Essex with a full team of dedicated professionals and locations in South Windsor, East Windsor, LaSalle and Amherstburg. Its priorities and conduct have one directive: “to provide compassionate and comprehensive services for those who have lost a loved one. The decisions, programs, offerings and services are transparent and developed for the primary purpose of serving families. The offerings are customized from an understanding of the grieving family’s wishes, respectful of their

means and at no time are influenced by commission or sales incentives.” Proud and humbled by the Best of WindsorEssex award, Families First’s other honours include BEA Award winner for Entrepreneur of the Year and Small Business of the Year, OFSA Cornerstone Award for Service to the Funeral Professions and many awards to recognize community partnership and volunteer services. They have been active in the community and with local charities such as main sponsor for the ‘Cruiser Cares Bears Program’ of

the Windsor Police, The Hospice of Windsor & Essex County, Inspiration 100, Windsor Goodfellow Breakfast Program and Golf Classic and , The VON. CMHA Sole Focus Project For more information, please visit or call: 3260 Dougall Ave, South Windsor 1065 Lauzon Rd. East Windsor 2130 Front Rd, LaSalle, or 585 Sandwich St. Amherstburg FamiliesFirst.ca 519-969-5841 One number for all locations

We Celebrate Life. The road to success is always under construction.” - L I LY T O M L I N

We are honoured to be voted

Best Floor Store

GOING THE EXTRA MILE

in Windsor-Essex

Families First thanks Windsor-Essex for the opportunity to be a part of a region that raises the bar on how we take care of the community. We believe in excellence in service provision and salute the many businesses in Windsor-Essex who go the extra mile for those they serve. Congratulations to all of who have been recognized in making this a great place to be.

Life Celebrations. Cremation. Traditional Funerals. Event Reception.

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WINNER: BEST Garden Centre/Nursery

Anna’s Flowers At Anna’s Flowers, the objective is simple, to inspire others to live a beautiful and healthy life, both inside and outside of their home. Anna’s Flowers, which is owned and operated by Henry and Anna Mastronardi and their family, offers an unbeatable selection of plants and flowers, gorgeous home and garden décor, freshly-picked local produce and carefully selected natural food and wellness products. They also host over 100 DIY workshops each year. Anna’s Flowers has been in business for

over 44 years and has seen 4 generations within the business. “Family is at the centre of our business, and our customers truly are an extension of our family.” Anna’s daughter Marlene points out. “A large portion of our customer base has been there since the very beginning. Back when we were just a small roadside stand with only produce and hanging baskets – we’ve come a long way.” The Mastronardi family attributes this success to hard work, determination and of course, the support of their local community. “We are so fortunate to be apart of such an inspiring

and generous. We try to give back as often as possible, one way, in particular, is our annual Ladies Night!” Marlene explains that Ladies Night was created as a way to celebrate and thank their customers, while at the same time giving back to the community. “Each year is a little different, but the intent remains the same. Last year we partnered with Make-AWish Southwestern Ontario and helped grant the wish of Wish Kid Sean!” She adds, “We will be hosting Ladies Night once again this year with proceeds benefiting another great local initiative in early July! We can’t wait!”

For more information, please visit or call: 1911 Seacliff Drive, Kingsville 519-362-3409 annasflowers.ca

Thank you for voting Dance Barre the best Dance Studio in Windsor/Essex

Thank You! Business opportunities are like buses. There’s always another one coming.”

As for the Best of Windsor-Essex distinction, “We are honoured! We love what we do, and this nomination validates all of our hard work. We love our community and to be recognized for doing what we’re passionate about is an amazing feeling. We’re very grateful. Thank you!”

for voting us Best Shoe Store in Windsor-Essex

Proudly Serving our Community For Over A Century

- RICHARD BRANSON

It’s Your Move! We Carry Designer & Orthopaedic Shoes for Men and Women

1329 Ottawa St, Windsor, ON, (519) 254-8638 • www.dianeshoes.ca

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Best FAMILY restaurant

Windsor’s Penalty Box

Mamo Burger Bar

Best SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

Don’s Marine

Campeau Small Engine Service

Best FINE DINING restaurant

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

Spago Trattoria & Pizzeria

Best MOTORCYCLE DEALER

Thunder Road Harley-Davidson

Robinson Motorcycle

Best ICE CREAM/DESSERT restaurant

Dairy Freez

Slinky’s Dairy Hut

Best RUST PROOFING

Oil Gard Leamington

Ontario Stop Rust

Best SEAFOOD/FISH & CHIPS restaurant

Pat & Hanks Fish & Chips

Red Lobster

Best AUTO PARTS STORE

Canadian Tire

PartSource

Best PIZZA restaurant

Armando’s Pizza

Antonino’s Original Pizza

Best OIL LUBE SHOP

Mr. Lube

Jiffy Lube

Best ITALIAN restaurant

Spago Trattoria & Pizzeria

Nico Ristorante

Best CAR WASH

Riverside Auto Spa

Piskey’s Mobile Auto Wash & Detailing

Best MEXICAN restaurant

Palenque Fresh Mexican Cuisine

Acapulco Delight Restaurant

Best CAR RENTAL AGENCY

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Pattyco Rentals

Best THAI restaurant

Thai Palace Restaurant

Basil Court Thai Restaurant

Best TAXI CAB COMPANY

Vets Cab

Uber

Best VIETNAMESE restaurant

Mi Mi Gardens

Pho-Xic Lo

Best LIMOUSINE COMPANY

Cool Bus

Limos by Mr. J’s

Best CHICKEN restaurant

Swiss Chalet

Michigan Diner

Best TIRE STORE

Canadian Tire

Heritage Tire Sales

Best CHINESE restaurant

Pomegranate Restaurant

A-1 Chinese Restaurant

Best SHOE STORE

Diane Shoes

Best JAPANESE restaurant

Niko Sushi

Koi Sushi

Best JEWELLERY STORE

Precision Jewelers

Best GREEK restaurant

Thanasi’s Olympus Greek Restaurant

The Greek Grill

Best Gift SHOP

Cindy’s Home & Garden

Best MIDDLE EASTERN restaurant

Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine

Kabobgy

Best OPTICAL STORE

EYES - Dr. Abby Jakob

FYidoctors

Best INDIAN restaurant

India Palace

Tandoori Taste of India

Best FURNITURE STORE

Tepperman’s

Essex Home Furnishings

Best STEAK restaurant

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

Take Five Bistro

Best OUTDOOR FURNITURE STORE

Patio Palace

Canadian Tire

Best VEGAN restaurant

Carrots N’ Dates

Healthy Mama

Best APPLIANCE STORE

Essex Appliance

Tepperman’s

Best BREAKFAST restaurant

Stacks

Cora

Best ELECTRONICS

Best Buy

The CellPhone Shop

Best LUNCH restaurant

Windsor’s Penalty Box

The Twisted Apron

Best PRINTING/GRAPHICS/SIGN SHOP

Vistaprint

Allegra Marketing Print Mail

Best SUNDAY Brunch Restaurant

The Twisted Apron

Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens

Best COMPUTER STORE

Best Buy

The CellPhone Shop

Best BUFFET Restaurant

Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino

Ming Wah Chinese Buffet

Best MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SHOP

Long & McQuade Musical Instruments

Dalbello Guitars

Best CHICKEN WING Restaurant

Rock Bottom Bar & Grill

John Max Sports & Wings

Best TOY STORE

Mastermind Toys

Toys “R” Us

Best HAMBURGER Restaurant

Mamo Burger Bar

Motor Burger

Best SPORT STORE

National Sports

Sport Chek

Best FRENCH FRIES Restaurant

McDonald’s

Frenchy’s Poutinery

Best CELL PHONE STORE

Telus

The CellPhone Shop

Best SUBMARINE/SANDWICH/PITA Restaurant

Subway

Pita Pit

Best BEER/WINE MAKING STORE

Jake’s Windsor Brew

Just Cork-It

Best BAR/NIGHT CLUB

Ariius Nightclub & Ultra Lounge

Blind Owl

Best GROCERY STORE

Remark Fresh Markets

Best ROMANTIC Restaurant

The Cook’s Shop

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

Best SPECIALTY FOOD STORE

Remark Fresh Markets

The Cheese Bar

Best TAKE OUT Restaurant

Windsor’s Penalty Box

Kabobgy

Best BUTCHER/MEAT MARKET

MR. Meat Market

Ted Farron’s Gourmet Butcher Shop

Best COFFEE SHOP

Tim Hortons

Anchor Coffee House

Best HEALTH FOOD STORE

Pure Nature Nutrition Centers

Healthy Mama

Best LOCAL CRAFT BEER/BREWERY

Walkerville Brewery

Frank Brewing Co.

Best ANTIQUE SHOP

Timeless Treasures

Best LOCAL WINERY

Oxley Estate Winery

Pelee Island Winery

Best ANTIQUE SHOP

The Dusty Loft Antiques and Collectables

Best CATERING COMPANY

Koolini Italian Eatery

Just Jeff’s Gourmet Express

Best FLEA/FARMERS’ MARKET

Downtown Windsor Farmers Market

Best BAKERY

Sweet Revenge Bake Shop

Blak’s Bakery

Best BUILDING/HARDWARE STORE

Home Hardware

Best PUB

O’Maggio’s Kildare House

The Manchester

Best EQUIPMENT RENTAL SHOP

Home Depot

Riverside Rentals

Best SPORTS BAR

John Max Sports & Wings

Johnny Shotz

Best FLORIST

Janette Florist Inc.

Forget-Me-Not Flower Boutique

Best OUTDOOR PATIO

Sandbar Waterfront Grill

The Bull & Barrel

Best POOL/POOL SUPPLY STORE

Bluewater Pools & Spas

Relax Pools & Spas

Best GOLF COURSE

Kingsville Golf & Country Club

Ambassador Golf Club

Best HOT TUB/HUT TUB SUPPLY STORE

Relax Pools & Spas

Bluewater Pools & Spas

Best GOLF COURSE CLUB HOUSE

Kingsville Golf & Country Club

Beach Grove Golf & Country Club

Best WOODSTOVE/FIREPLACE STORE

Forest Glade Fireplaces

Fireplaces by Mario Inc.

Best GOLF COURSE HOLE

Kingsville Golf & Country Club - Hole 7 Gold

Best FABRIC/SEWING STORE

Fabricland

A Stich In Time

Best DRIVING RANGE

Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre

Best BRIDAL/FORMAL WEAR STORE

It’s Your Day Bridal Boutique Inc.

Bridal Couture

Best THEATRE-LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Capitol Theatre

University Players

Best FORMAL WEAR STORE

Freeds

Moores Clothing for Men

Best FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens

On The Green Indoor Golf

Best BOOK STORE

Biblioasis

Juniper Books

Best DOMESTIC CAR DEALERSHIP

Reaume Chevrolet Buick GMC

Ken Knapp Ford

Best PAINT STORE

Graham’s Paint ‘N Paper Place

Merlo’s Paint & Wallpaper

Best IMPORT CAR DEALERSHIP

Rafih Auto Group

Nissan of Windsor

Best LIGHTING STORE

The Lighting Boutique

RE-Lighting Inc.

Best USED CAR DEALER

Auto Maxx Pre-Owned Car Centre

Strickland’s Automart

Best CARPET/FLOORING STORE

The Floor Store

Best AUTO BODY SHOP

Riverside Custom Collision Inc.

Emeryville Collision & Auto Centre

Best GARDEN CENTRE/NURSERY

Anna’s Flowers

The Bloomin’ Gardener

Best AUTO REPAIR SHOP

Mihoren’s Quick Lube & Automotive Centre RK Automotive

Best DEPARTMENT STORE

Hudson’s Bay

Winners

Best TRANSMISSION REPAIR SHOP

Danny’s Transmission Windsor

Best MEN’S CLOTHING STORE

Freeds

Moores Clothing for Men

Kipping Tire & Automotive

Joseph-Anthony Fine Jewelry


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Best WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

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Best HOME INSPECTOR

Bob Price

Brad Labute

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Best CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

The Children’s Place

Best RETIREMENT LIVING RESIDENCE

Chartwell Retirement Residences

Seasons Retirement Communities

Best THRIFT SHOP

Value Village

Rhyan’s Mess

Best SENIOR’S CARE PROVIDER

Home Instead Senior Care

Amy’s Helping Hands

Best SHOPPING MALL

Devonshire Mall

Windsor Crossing Premium Outlets

Best NURSING HOME

Huron Lodge

Extendicare

Best CAMERA STORE

Henry’s

Blacks

Best HEATING/AIR CONDITIONING PROVIDER Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts Fahrhall Home Comfort Specialists

Best HOME ACCENT STORE

HomeSense

Bombay & Company

Best KITCHEN RENOVATOR

Creekside Kitchen

Best HOBBY/COLLECTABLES STORE

Michaels

Cartoon Kingdom

Best GENERAL RENOVATOR/CONTRACTOR

Family Home Improvements

Homestyle Renovations

Best COUNTER TOP SHOP

Counter Effects

Granite Design Works

Best ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

Poirier Electric Limited

Prime Electrical Services

Best MATTRESS STORE

Tepperman’s

Bedroom Depot

Best PLUMBING CONTRACTOR

Bubby’s Pluming Heating & Drain Services Skippy’s Plumbing Ltd.

Best FARM EQUIPMENT/SUPPLY STORE

TSC Stores

Best INTERIOR DECORATOR

Urban Home

Best PET SUPPLY STORE

Loyal Companions Dog Grooming Inc.

Sam’s Pampered Pets

Best PAINTING CONTRACTOR

Creekside Custom Painting

Paint Co.

Best PET GROOMER

Kehl Windows & Doors

Meloche Windows

Best LANDSCAPE/LAWNCARE SERVICE

Landscape Effects

Mr. Goodlawn

Best WINDOW & DOOR STORE

Meloche Windows

Best TREE SERVICE COMPANY

Dominion Tree Service

Green Tree

Best OUTLET/DISCOUNT STORE

Winners

Windsor Crossing Premium Outlets

Best MOVING COMPANY

Little Glenn’s Moving & Private Storage Hinton the Mover

Best PHARMACY/DRUG STORE

Shoppers Drug Mart

Rexall Drugstore

Best STORAGE COMPANY

Little Glenn’s Moving & Private Storage Storage Box

Best CHIROPRACTOR

Dr. Joe Mondoux

Dr. Radovich

Best JUNK REMOVAL/RECYCLING

JustJunk.com

1-800-Got-Junk

Best OPTOMETRIST

Dr. Brian Blake

Dr. Sean O’Neill

Best AUCTIONEER

Jack Morris Auctions Inc.

Lacasse Auctions Inc.

Best DENTIST

Dr. Dennis Dionne

Dr. Corey Prince

Best INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER

Cogeco

MNSi Telecom

Best COSMETIC DENTIST

Dr. Dennis Dionne

Dr. Francis Janisse

Best VETERINARY CLINIC

Forest Glade Animal Hospital

South Howard Animal Clinic

Best FOOTCARE SPECIALIST

Foot Care Institute

Dr. Millicent Vorkapich-Hill

Best KENNEL

Pleasant Park Kennels & Grooming

Kingsway Kennels

Best ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PRACTITIONER Natasha Zajmalowski

Dr. Kelly Upcott

Best VACUUM SALES & SERVICE

D&R Vacuum & Appliance World

Windsor Vacuum

Best REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Carrie Deslippe, Above & Beyond

Gina Bennardo, Coral Medical Spa

Best SHOE REPAIR SHOP

Bob’s Leather Boot & Shoe Repair

Humphries Shoe Repair

Best LASER VISION CENTRE

Windsor Laser Eye Institute

TLC Laser Eye Centres’

Best CLEANING SERVICE (HOME OR OFFICE)

Crystal Clear Window Cleaners

Mister Maid Inc.

Best LASER HAIR REMOVAL BUSINESS

Esteem Medical Esthetics

Laser It! Salon & Medical Spa

Best WATER SUPPLIER/TREATMENT

Pure Water Brand

Culligan of Windsor

Best WEIGHT LOSS CLINIC/SERVICES

Weight Watchers

Howe Fit

Best PAVING COMPANY

Coco Paving

Ron Howe Paving

Best FITNESS/HEALTH CLUB

Howe Fit

GoodLife Fitness

Best SECURITY/ALARM BUSINESS

Security One Alarm Systems

SafeGuard Security

Kitchen Korner

Best MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

Aikido Canada

Mr. Kersey’s Karate Schools Limited

Best DRIVING INSTRUCTION SCHOOL

Delta Driving School

Mini Driving School

Best YOGA STUDIO

Howe Fit

Moksha Yoga Windsor

Best EMPLOYMENT AGENCY

The Job Shoppe

LucasWorks!

Best FITNESS/HEALTH STORE

Howe Fit

Pure Nature Nutrition Centers

Best ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE

St. Clair College

Head of the Class Education Centre

Best HEARING CENTRE

South Windsor Hearing Centre

Helix Hearing Care

Best DAYCARE

ABC Day Nursery of Windsor

Delta Chi Early Childhood Centres

Best TANNING SALON

Beach Bum Organic Spray Tanning

Brightside Tanning Inc.

Best DANCE STUDIO

Dance Barre

Nancy Pattison’s Dance World Inc.

Best SPA TREATMENT

Coral Medical Health Spa

Pure Day Spa

Best ART SCHOOL

Julia’s Art School

St. Clair College

Best HAIR SALON

The Hair Mechanix

Youssef Hair Boutique Inc.

Best PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

Blush Photography

Sooters Photography

Best HAIR STYLIST

Helene Briffa, The Hair Mechanix

Therese O’Keefe, Salon Defined

Best UNIFORM SUPPLIER

Freeds

Cintas

Best BARBER SHOP

Lombardi’s Classic Barbershop

Gaffans Apex Barber Shop

Best DRY CLEANER

Master Cleaners

Blondie Cleaners Limited

Best FUNERAL HOME

Families First

Windsor Chapel Funeral Homes Ltd.

Best TRAVEL AGENCY

Valente Travel Inc.

The Travel Zone Inc.

Best LAW FIRM

Law Firm of Miller Canfield

McTague Law Firm LLP

Best HOTEL/MOTEL

Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

Best INSURANCE COMPANY

Ian Murray Insurance & Financial Services Statefarm

Best RESORT/COTTAGE

Stone’s Throw Cottage

Campers Cove Campground

Best INVESTMENT COMPANY

Ian Murray Insurance & Financial Services Edward Jones/Investors Group

Best BED AND BREAKFAST

The Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast

A Hidden Gem Bed & Breakfast

Best INCOME TAX SERVICE

H&R Block

Wilson Income Tax

Best LOCAL RADIO STATION

AM 800 CKLW

Mix 96.7

Best ACCOUNTING COMPANY

Collins Barrow

Hawkins & Co. Accounting

Best MEDIA PERSONALITY

Arms Bumanlag

Jim Crichton

Best MORTGAGE BROKER

Sarah Carter, Mortgage Intelligence

Best LOCAL POLITICIAN

Brian Masse

Chris Holt

Best MORTGAGE BROKER

WFCU Credit Union

Best LOCAL TOURIST ATTRACTION

Point Pelee National Park

Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens

Best BANK/CREDIT UNION/TRUST COMPANY WFCU Credit Union

TD Canada Trust

Best LOCAL FESTIVAL/EVENT

Art in the Park

Carousal of the Nations

Best REAL ESTATE OFFICE

Re/Max

Royal LePage

Best KEPT DINING SECRET

The Cook’s Shop

The Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast

Best HOME BUILDER

Noah Homes

Lakeland Homes

Best KEPT SHOPPING SECRET

Cindy’s Home & Garden

Urban Art Market

Best APARTMENT RENTAL COMPANY

MARDA Management Inc.

Skyline Living

Best KEPT TOURISM SECRET

The Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast

Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens

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WINNER: BEST Home Accent Store

Homesense Homesense is owned by TJX Canada which strives to be a good neighbor of choice in the communities where business is done. As part of its charitable mission, TJX Canada partners with The Canadian Women’s Foundation, Kids Help Line, and The Sunshine Foundation of Canada to better the lives of women and children across Canada, amongst many

other foundations and charities. Locally, the company also supports The Hiatus House.’’ Homesense strives to offer customers exciting finds at exceptional store prices. There are new product arrivals daily so customers can find endless decor possibilities, perfectly priced, upon every visit. Homesense is open seven days a week and has something for ev-

erybody. Store Manager Carla Eskici along with Assistants Julie Droullard, Sheri Little and Jacqueline Baker, all strive to provide great customer service to all who enter. “We are thrilled that our customers have voted us The Best Home Accent Store in Windsor!” says Carla Eskici, Homesense store manager. “We love seeing our custom-

ers excitement in the store and it is such an honor to be appreciated in our community. Thank you, Windsor customers and friends!”

Smith, Tim Hortons Restaurant Owner. “We are very proud to serve the Windsor-Essex community.” Tim Hortons Restaurants Owners in Windsor-Essex also have a long-standing commitment to giving back to the local communities in which they operate through programs including Timbits Minor Sports, Smile Cookie, Free Holiday Skate and Free Summer Swim. Tim Hortons Restaurant

Owners believe these community-focused initiatives help make a meaningful impact on the communities they serve. To learn more about the Tim Hortons brand, please visit the Tim Hortons website at www.timhortons.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, please visit or call: 4324 Walker Road, Windsor, ON (519)-966-0260 www.homesense.ca

WINNER: BEST Coffee Shop

Tim Hortons

Since 1964, Tim Hortons has been Canada’s favorite coffee! Tim Hortons serves premium coffee, hot and cold specialty beverages, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini’s and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups and other food products that are delicious to all who try. Tim Hortons is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single

location in Hamilton, Ontario in 1964, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes. Tim Hortons has more than 4,700 system-wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States, and around the world. With over 54 Tim Horton locations across Windsor-Essex, it’s no surprise they’ve won this award. “Thank you for voting Tim Hortons Best Coffee House of Windsor-Essex,” says Vicky

For more information, please visit: Tim Hortons www.timhortons.com

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WINNER: BEST Furniture Store & WINNER: BEST Mattress Store

Tepperman’s “When we do it right, they will come back.” That’s the guiding philosophy behind Tepperman’s approach to business and it has served them well during its 93-year history. The furniture store has more than 400 employees serving customers at all of its locations. In 1925, founder Nate Tepperman launched his company by selling household goods door-to-door in Windsor’s neighbourhoods. Today the retailer specializing in furniture, mattresses, appliances and electronics operates under two banners: Tepperman’s and

The Bargain Annex, with a combined showroom space of more than 250,000 square feet throughout Windsor, London, Sarnia, Chatham and Kitchener. The family owned and operated company is in its third generation of leadership with president Andrew Tepperman still guided by one of his grandfather’s founding principles of customers coming back “when we do it right.” Tepperman’s continues to build on its history with a team of knowledgeable and experienced product experts, flexible and

personalized financing solutions and superior delivery and set up options creating an amazing customer experience. As a company, they believe in a strong commitment to preserving the environment for the future and getting involved in the community. Believing that “children are our future,” the Tepperman family, on behalf of its whole staff, began giving away $1,000 scholarships to children in Southwestern Ontario in September of 1998. To date more than $600,000 has been invested in the Canadian Scholarship Trust Registered Education Savings Plan to be used

for their post-secondary education. The scholarship will be invested in a Registered Education Scholarship Trust Plan, which will keep increasing in value through the years until it is put to use for higher education. No purchase is necessary and ballots can be completed at any Tepperman’s location. For more information, call or visit Tepperman’s Windsor location: 519-969-9700 2595 Ouellette Ave., Windsor teppermans.com

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Honourable Mentions

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Best FAMILY restaurant Michigan Diner Best FINE DINING restaurant The Cook’s Shop Best ICE CREAM/DESSERT restaurant Stop 26 Ice Cream & More Best SEAFOOD/FISH & CHIPS restaurant Sir Cedric’s Fish & Chips Best PIZZA restaurant Capri Pizzeria Best ITALIAN restaurant Armando’s Pizza Best MEXICAN restaurant Restaurante Mi Casita Best THAI restaurant Simply Thai Restaurant Best PUB The Thompson House Best IMPORT CAR DEALERSHIP Volkswagen of Windsor Best USED CAR DEALER Thrasher Sales & Leasing Best AUTO BODY SHOP Formula First Collision Best BUTCHER/MEAT MARKET Butcher of Kingsville Best FABRIC/SEWING STORE Michaels Best DENTIST Dr. David Mady Best ACCOUNTING COMPANY BDO Canada LLP

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Freeds Founded in 1929 by Sam Freed, FREEDS is Canada›s largest independent men›s and ladies› clothing store. Fast forward to 2018 and this family owned business is in its 3rd generation still providing amazing quality and service. Offering suit packages, custom suits, men and ladies fashion and shoes, as well as being a Canada Goose authorized dealer, the

team at Freeds takes immense pride in being able to provide customers with the hottest new fashion trends. The members of Freeds work diligently to have the best product assortment available and with athletic inspired collections that are offered seasonally, Freeds builds a collection of styles that support all of life’s fast paced moments. Owners Ari Freed and Dan Orman stick

to their mission statement of striving to be the best retailer on the planet. The duo cares deeply about their customers and are thrilled to be winning the Best of WindsorEssex award. “We are proud to provide the largest independent men’s and ladies’ fashion since 1929,” state Dan Orman and Ari Freed. Freeds has the seasons’ hottest collabora-

tions in the fashion industry. With a growing selection for both men and women, visit www.freeds.com to shop an inspiring look today. For more information, please visit or call: 1526 Ottawa St, Windsor, ON (519) 258-6532 www.freeds.com

WINNER: BEST Butcher/Meat Market

Mr. Meats Market Owner Marc Romualdi opened up the first store in 2005 and started out with only seven employees. Fast forward to 2018 and he has multiple locations with over 85 employees. In the 13 years he’s been in business, Marc never strayed from his personal values to provide the best quality (and service) for the best price. Some of the products that can be found at Mr.

Meats Market are stuffed mushrooms, a wide variety of sausages, stuffed pork chops, BBQ seasoned pork ribs, hamburger patties, and also smoked and cured products (such as hot, mild and all-beef pepperettes, csabi, hunter garlic and Chorizo sausages). There’s even home delivery available! It comes to no surprise that he’s won the Best of Windsor-Essex.

“We are really proud that the community supports us and likes our products and services,” states owner Marc Romualdi. Marc feels that his love and passion for the business, the people he serves and works with, really gives him an advantage. Marc has nurtured and worked with the managerial staff to ensure that consistency and standard operat-

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ing procedures are executed on a daily basis at all of the locations. Nothing makes Marc happier than putting quality food on the tables of local, valued customers. For more information, please visit or call: 6645 Tecumseh Road East 519-948-5565 https://www.mrmeatmarkets.ca

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RUNNER UP: BEST Import Car Dealership

Nissan of Windsor As a member of the Revenberg Automotive Family, Nissan of Windsor strives to provide the highest levels of customer service. They have been proudly serving Windsor and Essex County since 2001 and the Revenberg Automotive Family has been serving this community for over 30 years. This long-term dedication translates into a staff of highly trained sales and service professionals that are committed to giving their customers an automotive experience that is second to none. Nissan of Windsor is proud to operate a full-service dealership, providing their cus-

tomers with a single destination for all aspects of their vehicle ownership experience. Not only will they take care of all routine vehicle maintenance, but they will also assist with specialty parts and accessories as well as body shop repairs. Service customers also enjoy early morning drop-off and latenight pick-ups along with city-wide shuttle service and a complimentary exterior wash with their service. The sales department at Nissan of Windsor goes above and beyond your basic vehicle purchase experience, offering a detailed assessment prior to vehicle selection to ensure they find the best match

for your daily driving needs. The sales team also offers complimentary vehicle evaluations, appraisals and a personalized delivery process to ensure you drive away fully prepared to experience all that your new Nissan can offer. Rounding out this team is a finance department that includes finance specialists with over 50 years of combined credit experience to ensure their customers get the best finance or lease program available to them. Proud supporter of many local organizations including a variety of local community sports teams, Sparky’s Toy Drive, the Down-

If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction.”

town Mission, the Windsor-Essex Kidney Foundation and the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation, Nissan of Windsor will always continue to give back to the community. “We are very flattered and thankful to everyone who voted for us,” says owner Gus Revenberg. “We look forward to many more years of service to our community.” For more information, please visit or call: 9760 Tecumseh Road East 519-735-7744 www.nissanofwindsor.com

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WINNER: BEST Dry Cleaner

Master Cleaners Always going above and beyond is the motto at Master Cleaners with 100 per cent customer satisfaction guaranteed! In business since 1939, Master Cleaners is a family-run dry cleaning, laundry and alterations business servicing Windsor and Essex County for 79 years. With 40 employees who work out of five locations (two in Windsor as well as in LaSalle, Tecumseh and Amherstburg) they are never far away. Among its honours are awards for giving back to the community by sponsoring local events and minor league teams, and offering scholarships to well-deserving students. Master Cleaners’ regular services include

alterations at their in-house tailor shop, laundering leather, suede, bedding accessories, blankets, pillows, cushion covers and even providing fire restoration service. Master Cleaners prides itself on specializing in wedding dress cleaning, as well as high-end ladies garments and mens suits. It also provides valet service to the entire Windsor area at no extra cost by taking care of drycleaning needs from pickup through to delivery. “Our goal in maintaining the finest wardrobes in the Windsor area starts with the customer’s expectation,” the company pledges.

Master Cleaners, cleans green, with System K4, a new drycleaning treatment from Germany, which is non-toxic, biodegradable, dermatological tested and virtually odorless, all without sacrificing cleaning power or posing risk to air, water or soil. For more information, call or visit Master Cleaners: Windsor: • 1081 Ottawa St., Windsor 519-258-2100 • 3970 Dougall Ave., Windsor 519-966-2120

LaSalle: 5844 Malden Road, LaSalle 519-966-1993 Tecumseh: Green Valley Plaza, 13300 Tecumseh Rd. E., Tecumseh 519-979-8960 Amherstburg: Walmart Plaza 400 Sandwich St. S, Amherstburg 519-736-1331 mastercleaners.ca

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WINNER: BEST Jewellery Store

Precision Jewellers For more than 50 years, Precision Jewellers has been creating moments to remember for many Windsor-Essex area residents. It provides customers with memorable experiences while offering diamond jewelry, engagement rings, wedding bands, and the finest selection of his and her timepieces. Owner Dan Thomas specializes in taking your dream design and vision for a piece of jewelry and skillfully works it precisely until it becomes a reality. “Over the past five decades, we have been

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fortunate and blessed to have been included in the special moments of our customers’ lives. We are honoured each time they trust us to create, design and complete a special piece to mark one of these brilliant, significant moments. Like our customers, we cherish them forever,” says Thomas. In 1966, it would have been difficult to foresee one little jewelry store transcending its humble beginnings to become an Essex County retail institution with fullservice brick-and-mortar locations in Windsor and Amherstburg. The longevity

speaks to Precision Jewellers’ position to create a positive customer experience and the quality of the products it offers. Ultimately, Precision Jewellers has built its sterling reputation by exceeding customer expectations for more than 50 years. “I’d like to sincerely thank our staff, our customers, our suppliers and partners, and the entire Windsor-Essex community for helping us win the Windsor Star’s Best of Windsor Essex 2018 Best Jewellery store,” said Thomas. “Precision Jewellers thanks you for this accolade and we remain con-

stantly mindful that our success would not have been possible without our faithful clients. Your loyalty has made our dream a reality.” For more information, call or visit: • 58 Richmond Street, Amherstburg 519-736-2587 • 2755 Howard Avenue, Windsor 519-253-6084 precisionjewellers.com

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BEST Dry Cleaner

in Windsor-Essex Make Master Cleaners, Your Cleaner We’ve understood that exceptional garments require exceptional care since 1939

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WINNER: BEST Domestic Car Dealership

Reaume Chevrolet Buick GMC Reaume Chevrolet Buick GMC in LaSalle strives to “Make it Easy” for customers in Essex County, whether they need help with an automotive repair, regular maintenance, professional auto detailing, over-the-counter parts, and/or new and used vehicles. Customers can rest assured they are receiving exceptional service as they have been in service for over 87 years and have 77 employees (including nine managers on staff ). Owners Steve Reaume, Jeff Reaume, Craig Reaume, Jennifer Reaume-Natyshak, and Richard

Reaume couldn’t be happier about winning The Best of Windsor-Essex. “We are all very honoured, proud and humbled,” they all state. “We credit winning this award to our employees who really make the difference when helping our customers with their automotive needs,” states dealer principal Jeff Reaume.

The team at Reaume Chevrolet Buick GMC sponsors many local sports teams and donates to the United Way, Goodwill, Windsor Multiple Sclerosis Society, Harmony in Action, Community Living and LaSalle Food Bank, amongst many other organizations and charities that can be found on their website. The Reaume team also won the 2017 BizX Award for “The Dealership Which Puts the Pedal to the Medal.” Customers with

all makes and models are invited to stop by and check them out; they can also take advantage of their free VIP Reward Points Program! Whether you call or visit the dealership, they promise that “You’ll Feel Right at Home…at Reaume.” For more information, please visit or call: 500 Front Road (519)-734-7844 www.reaumechev.com

SALON DEFINED CELEBRATING 9 YEARS! “Since opening our doors in 2009, we have been devoted to providing the latest trends and techniques in the hair industry, as well as striving to deliver a memorable experience, to all of our clients in LaSalle and surrounding area.”

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If you’re looking for a change, whether it be subtle or a little on the wild side, Salon Defined can accommodate.

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WINNER: BEST Greek Restaurant

Thanasi’s Olympus Greek Restaurant Your favourite Greek restaurant, Thanasi’s Olympus, has been serving great Greek food to the Windsor/Detroit area since 1981. Their award-winning cuisine offers over 75 authentic and home-cooked Grecian and Canadian dishes, served in gorgeous surroundings that will transport you back to ancient Greece! Thanasi’s offers you an unparalleled dining experience. “Most of our food is based on traditional Greek Island recipes, passed down over many generations,” explains owner Nick

Pontikis. “Besides classic Grecian dishes such as Mousaka, Roast Lamb, Spanakopita, Stuffed Grape Leaves or Pastitsio, we are proud to offer what our customers have named “The Perfect Lunch”, a healthy and delicious chicken shiskabob served with saute rice and Greek salad. The Atlantic Salmon has been dubbed “Best Salmon Ever!”, and the Saganaki Flaming Cheese appetizer is legendary in Windsor.” What sets Thanasi’s apart is the excellent food quality and the high level of friendly and professional service.

“Greeks are famous for their warm hospitality,” says Pontikis, “And having you as valued guests in our restaurant is like having you as visitors to our home. You will dine in arguably Windsor’s most beautiful dining rooms and sample cuisine that only mom can make!” Besides catering to regular diners, Thanasi’s has been Windsor’s headquarters for Showers, Baptisms, Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Retirements and all other Special Events. They would like to thank all those who have patronized the family restaurant

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We wish to thank our staff for always putting our customers first and making us the BEST in our industry!

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for over 37 years, and extend a special thank you to all of their local customers who voted them Best Greek Restaurant. For more information on reserving a table or booking a banquet, please visit our website or call us at: Thanasi’s Olympus Greek Restaurant 1204 Tecumseh Road East 519-977-6650 www.thanasis.com

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BEST MOTORCYCLE DEALER

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WINNER: BEST Building/Hardware Store

Tecumseh Home Hardware Tecumseh Home Hardware offers a complete range of both hardware store and building center products. Lumber, tools, paint, plumbing and electrical supplies and an extensive selection of building materials are available, along with housewares, sporting goods, automotive items and lawn and garden supplies. Coming close to celebrating their 30th year anniversary in August, owners Larry Seguin, Brent Seguin and Kimberly Seguin-

Gauthier couldn’t be prouder for winning this accolade. “To be honest, we are shocked but in a good way! We are thankful and proud!” states Kimberly Seguin-Gauthier. “We have been a part of the Home Hardware family since 1965 and couldn’t be prouder! We are the 4th generation who are passionate and working hard achieving the family legacy passed on from our grandfather.”

“We challenge our team to go above and beyond to show genuine interest with our custom projects. Some of our team members have gone out of their way to deliver on their own time,” adds Seguin-Gauthier. “We want to make our customer’s experience so exceptional that they feel at home.” Customers can come in and get virtually any service complete including delivery, pool testing, custom screen repairs,

rental equipment services, home installs and kitchen design, amongst much more. Home Hardware stores are Canadian owned and houses over 100,000 different items. For more information, please visit or call: 1613 Lesperance Road, Tecumseh, ON, N8N 1Y2 (519) 735-3400 www.homehardware.ca

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WINNER: BEST Used Car Dealer

AutoMAXX Windsor When Chris and Doris Taylor opened AutoMAXX Pre-Owned Super Center 11 years ago, they envisioned a different kind of car buying environment; one that was free from pressure and stress, a place where people would feel comfortable, relaxed and welcomed. Fast forward to today and their customers are telling them they have succeeded. They have worked diligently to assemble a group of passionate team players, now 25 members strong, who would share their values of respect, professionalism, in-

tegrity, excellence and accountability. AutoMAXX offers a vast selection of over 200 pre-owned domestic and foreign cars, vans, SUV’s and trucks, ranging from practical to luxury to sports; something for every budget and any lifestyle! Each vehicle is hand-picked and purchased by Chris and goes through rigorous inspection and reconditioning procedures to make sure it is in like-new condition. They believe in full disclosure and transparency when selling

each vehicle, no surprises or hidden histories. The entire AutoMAXX team works hard to earn their customers’ loyalty by providing them with exceptional service and high-quality products so they can achieve their goal of being the best in their business! The team is happy to be winning this award!

needs! We are very proud of the business we have grown and will continue to strive to exceed each and every customer’s expectations,” state owners Chris and Doris Taylor.

“We are greatly honoured to win the Best of Windsor-Essex award! We are very appreciative and thank our customers for choosing AutoMAXX for all their sales and service

For more information, please visit or call: 4200 Tecumseh Road East (519) 974-9358 www.automaxxwindsor.com

Drop by one of their three locations and experience the AutoMAXX way for yourself!

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Best of Windsor-Essex 2018  

The Windsor Star presents the Best of Windsor-Essex winners and finalists in its first annual survey.

Best of Windsor-Essex 2018  

The Windsor Star presents the Best of Windsor-Essex winners and finalists in its first annual survey.

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